The PlayStation 4 was released in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 15, 2013. The European release date was several weeks later, on Nov. 29.
The release of the PlayStation 4 was widely anticipated. In August 2013, more than a million consoles were pre-ordered, and within the first 24 hours of release, the PlayStation 4 sold over a million units in North America alone. On its release, the console retailed for $399, a price designed to compete with the Xbox One.
The PlayStation 4 was designed with social components in mind. It has a quick loading time, so gamers don't have to wait long to play.